Haberdásher. n.s. [This word is ingeniously deduced by Minshew from habt ihr dass, German, have you this, the expression of a shopkeeper offering his wares to sale.] One who sells small wares; a pedlar.
Because these cunning men are like haberdashers of small wares, it is not amiss to set forth their shop. Bacon's Essays.
A haberdasher, who was the oracle of the coffeehouse, declared his opinion. Addison's Spectator, № 48.